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Chinese 1.3

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

This course is suitable for students who have successfully completed Chinese 1.2 or have equivalent knowledge of the Chinese language: being familiar with the basic principles of speaking and writing in Chinese; having a fair command of about 120 Chinese words and some basic grammar and sentence structures that are used to express events in the present. More basic grammar will be taught so as to lay a foundation for further studies.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

Students should have completed Chinese 1.2 or equivalent.

Content of Course

  • Expression of time, location, and place;
  • Expressions of directions and methods of getting to a place;
  • Talking about plans, daily arrangements, ordinary social activities;
  • Describing a person's appearance.

Teaching method(s)

The course is tutorial based with a combination of whole class activity and group work. Supplementary material is prepared by the teacher. In order to fully benefit from the course and to achieve the learning outcomes, students are expected to spend 1-2 hours per class on revision and homework.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Have a good command of about 500 Chinese characters;
  • Be familiar with more basic grammar and sentence structures that can be used in every-day conversations and to express events related to the present and future;
  • Have a further understanding of China and its public places, traffic and social life.


Core Readings

Textbook: Wu Zhongwei. Contemporary Chinese for Beginners. Beijing: Sinolingua, 2010.

There will be an additional charge for the textbook and workbook not exceeding £30. The materials can be purchased with the Confucius Institute for Scotland via the link below:
...or in the first class of the semester at the Confucius Institute for Scotland.

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If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.